Celebrating 60 years!
     E-NEWS

in this issue


HAPPY HOLIDAYS
from the
Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce!

We will be closed
Monday, December 25,
for the Christmas holiday.

CHAMBER NEWS AND EVENTS



Last week we celebrated the completion of the  Delaware Avenue Streetscape Improvements.   John Clarkson, Bethlehem Town Supervisor, was joined by Senator Neil D. Breslin, Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy, Albany County Legislator Bill Rhinehardt and many project stakeholders.
Click for the Photo Gallery.




Policy Research Associates 30th Anniversary Open House

345 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Thursday, January 11, 4pm

Join us to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Policy Research Associates! Meet the staff, tour the office, and enjoy light refreshments.




Tri-Chamber Speed Networking

Crossgates Mall
1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany
Tuesday, January 16
7:30am - 9:00am

The Bethlehem Chamber has partnered with the Colonie and Guilderland Chambers of Commerce to bring you another Tri-Chamber Speed Networking Event! Start 2018 off on the right foot - connect with colleagues throughout the Capital Region and make 20 new contacts before you get into the office. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early and bring plenty of business cards.

Peter Coombs from FRONTLINE Training & Consulting will moderate. FRONTLINE Training helps salespeople in all types of organizations through workshops, keynotes, and coaching. PETER COOMBS brings over 30 years of sales, management and training experience to his role as principal of FRONTLINE Training. His experience includes national sales management positions, inside and outside sales roles, both as a direct salesperson, as well as a multi-line manufacturer's representative.




State of the Town 2018

Bethlehem Town Hall
445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Monday, January 22, 8:30am

  RSVP
Supervisor David  VanLuven  will deliver the State of the Town Address to the business community and public, outlining the challenges Bethlehem faces and his priorities for the coming year.
Continental breakfast will be provided.

8:15am Networking & Breakfast / 8:30am Program





The Spinney at Van Dyke Clubhouse  Ribbon Cutting

6 Parker Mathusa Place, Delmar
Thursday, January 25, 4pm

 RSVP
The Spinney at Van Dyke has completed construction on a brand new Clubhouse! Join us as we cut the ribbon and don't miss your chance to check out the new space.

The new Clubhouse includes a gas fire place in the Clubhouse's Great Room, a Media Room featuring a 70" TV, and a full kitchen with island, stove top, double ovens and dishwasher (ready to host potluck dinners, cooking classes, and more!). Tours will be available and light refreshments will be served.


  
  

Click HERE to buy online (and pick up at Town Hall), or purchase in person
at any of the below locations. Visit the Town website for more information and the complete Schedule of Events.

Bethlehem Public Library
O'Slattery's Irish Restaurant & Pub
Bethlehem Town Hall
Perfect Blend Café
Capital Bank (Slingerlands branch)
Swifty's Restaurant & Pub
Delmar Marketplace / McCarroll's the Village Butcher
Twisted Vine Wine & Tap
National Bank of Coxsackie
(Glenmont branch)


 Organizing Partners
   It's our Anniversary!
 
This year, the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce turns 60 years old! To help commemorate this milestone, we want to celebrate and acknowledge those businesses, organizations and individuals who have loyally supported the Chamber through the decades.

Your annual support ensures the Bethlehem Chamber will continue its work to support local businesses, economic development, workforce development and community initiatives, to strengthen the Bethlehem community - THANK YOU!
View some of the Chamber's Community activities.

IN RECOGNITION OF OUR   MEMBERS  CELEBRATING
30+ YEARS










Bryant Asset






ROBERT VERSTANDIG







Click HERE to view the article on the Chamber's Anniversary in the Spotlight News


BUY BETHLEHEM
this Holiday Season



FREE card allows you to take advantage
of special offers and promotions from
45+ local businesses
Gift Card available in denominations of
$5-$50, can be used like cash at
35+ local businesses

For details on both cards, including the list of participating businesses, see blocks below.


  
AVAILABLE NOW!
Pick up your 2017 Holiday Shopping Card for
Special Offers  from  49 local businesses.  

Valid 11/25 - 12/31/17
 
sponsored by
 
 
Pick up your FREE Holiday Shopping Card for offers and promotions from our local businesses and Buy Bethlehem before you head to the
Black Friday sales!  

Holiday Shopping Cards will be available at the following locations:
Delmar Turkey Trot (11/22 Registration and 11/23 event)
Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce (M-F 9am-5pm)
Saturday Delmar Farmers Market
Spotlight Newspapers (11/22 edition)
Ravena News Herald (11/23 edition)
Community Locations (Library, Town Hall, Parks & Recreation)
Participating Businesses

Visit our  website to view all of the offers

AAA Hudson Valley
A. Phillips Hardware
Akira
Ando Salon
Andriano's Pizza
Angela's Pizza & Pasta
Balance Massage Studio
Barefoot Space
Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce
Capital District YMCA - Bethlehem Area YMCA
CapitalCare Family MedEsthetics
CrossFit Spur
Del Lanes
Deluxe Nail & Spa
Extra Napkin
Fairytale Journeys by Tim Brooks
Founders HIIT & Strength Club
Free Movement Pilates
Garden Bistro 24
Glenmont Self Storage
Gregory's Barber Shop
Hidden Cafe
Kinderhook Bank
Mercato's Pizzeria & Restaurant
Merriman & Pfister's Marketplace
My Place & Company Delmar
O'Slattery's Irish Restaurant & Pub
Pure Serenity Salon & Day Spa
Rain Hair Studio
Robinson Hardware & Garden Center
Royal Meadery
Sam's Italian American Restaurant
Sawyer's Screen Printing & Embroidery
Shampoodle
Shogun Sushi & Sake Bar
Steiner's Sports Ski & Bike
Stellar Face & Body Art
T.A.C.S. Autobody & Service
Taj Fine Indian Cuisine
The Floral Garden
The Revive Difference
The Wine Reserve
Tomo Asian Bistro
Track 32 Italian Restaurant & Pub
Veronica's Culinary Tavern
Wildbird Junction Backyard Nature Shoppe
Wine & Spirits of Slingerlands
Yanni's Too
Zing-A-Gram
**You must present a card to receive the discount**
Offers valid 11/25/17-12/31/17
        
Check some names off your gift list with the
SHOP BETHLEHEM Gift Card!

- used like cash at over 35 local businesses

- available from $5-$500

- supports our local businesses and keeps money in our community

Purchase online 24/7 or from the Chamber office M-F 9am-5pm.
Visit the  website for more information.

sponsored by
 

P A R T I C I P A T I N G   B U S I N E S S E S

A. Phillips Hardware
Akira
Ando Salon
Backyard Sheds & Gazebos
Bethlehem Tae Kwon Do
Bethlehem's Little Helper Service
Buenau's Opticians
CapitalCare Family MedEsthetics
Capital District Carpet Cleaning
Capital Upholstery
Cornell's Cat Boarding
CrossFit Spur
Crossroads Ford
Del Lanes
Delmar Bistro
Dr. Jack Devore O.D.
Founders HIIT & Strength Club
Four Corners Frame Shop
Four Corners Pharmacy
Free Movement Pilates
Glenmont Self Storage
Hands of Grace Massage Therapy
Keep Moving with Stephanie
Merriman & Pfister's Marketplace
Romo's Pizza and Restaurant
Sawyer's Screen Printing & Embroidery
School's Out, Inc.
Shampoodle
Shawna's Dogs
Shogun Sushi & Sake Bar
Steiner's Sports Ski & Bike
Swifty's Restaurant & Pub
T.A.C.S.- The Auto Collision Specialists
Tomo Asian Bistro
       
MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS

Spotlight Newspapers will be featuring the Bethlehem Chamber for our 60th Anniversary in next week's edition of the paper. If  you would like to advertise in this edition, this is your last chance! F or reservation or ad placement, please email  Corinne Blackman, or call her office ( 518.439.4949 x419) or cell ( 518.275.7528) before the Thursday, 12/21, 10am deadline.

Need that last minute gift but the store is closed? Don't worry, Merriman & Pfister's Marketplace offers a gift emergency number for those after hour gift emergencies! Just call 518. 588.7268. They offer gift wrapping as well!

Bethlehem Children's School is rolling out their Homeschool Partnership Program, just in time for 2018 January - June educational planning. Please view their program sessions and details here, and call 518.478.0224 with questions.

Is the musician in your life too busy to keep up with the maintenance of their instrument? Some players don't even realize their guitar or bass could feel better or sound better.  Give them a gift certificate for a repair or "set up" and let Bernie Mulleda,  experienced guitar technician, get their instrument in top shape! Contact Blue Sky Music Studios at 518.478.7862.

Did you know.....that you can borrow a laptop at the Bethlehem Public Library? Microsoft Office-enabled laptops and Chromebooks are available to use with your library card. Available for one day use; must remain onsite.

Enjoy some savings with  The Skyline Printing Co. by referring a friend! Use referral code  HG18 - they get $25 credit on first order over $100, and you get $25 on your next order of $100 or more.
 
Give the gift of a vacation to your family in 2018! Contact Fairytale Journeys by Tim Brooks to learn more about these (and other special promotions):  Walt Disney World - save up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights January 1 through April 14, 2018 when you book by February 3, 2018;  Disneyland - save up to 25% on select rooms at Disneyland resorts with this magical offer. Travel must take place between January 7 and April 12, 2018 and must be booked by March 17, 2018;  Aulani - extend Summer into Fall-Save up to 30% on 5-night or longer stays with ocean views at Disney's Aulani. Travel between January 7 and March 22, 2018 and must be booked by February 12, 2018. Email Tim.

Christmas is only ONE WEEK AWAY! You can get your Balance Massage Studio gift certificates online, or stop by the studioDenise will be in from 3-6 all week - call ahead and they will get the certificate ready for you. 518.475.9999

Johnny B's Glenmont Diner will be CLOSED Christmas Day, but they will be OPEN Christmas Week beginning Tues 12/26 - Sun 12/31 ( regular hours, with no (unforeseen) interruptions). Please note they will CLOSE  for Winter Vacation beginning Mon 1/1/18 - Mon 1/15/18. They will reopen  Tuesday, January 16, at 7am.

For the month of December, Ando Salon is offering Brazilian Blowouts for $190! Call to book your appointment today: 518.439.2887.

Visit My Place & Co. Saturday, December 23, for a book signing event with Jesse Braverman. The Comeback Coach transcends sports and inspires readers with his life story. This uplifting true story follows La Salle Institute and Bethlehem Central coaching legend Jesse Braverman from the sandlots of Queens through life-changing adversity and forty years of championships that shaped the lives of thousands of kids. 1-2:30pm Meet & Greet with Jesse, and take home a signed copy of his book!

Did you know that Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy's 18 preserves are open to the public from dawn to dusk for the ENTIRE YEAR? So bundle up and enjoy the changes in scenery during the winter months, which can often lead to some of the most exciting wildlife observations. Skiing and  snowshoeing are great reasons to keep visiting the preserves and to keep experiencing them in the winter months.  For more information on the recommended activities for each preserve, stop by the MHLC office in Delmar or a preserve kiosk to pick up your free copy of the Preserves & Map Brochure , which includes an icon key to help you find which preserves are best for winter recreation, scenic views, wildlife viewing, family-friendly trails, and more.

The 13th Annual Community Christmas Day Dinner will be held 12/25 at the  First United Methodist Church. H ospitality from 1:30-2pm,  2pm turkey and ham dinner . T ransportation for town residents over 60 will be provided by Bethlehem Senior Transportation, call 518.439.4955 x1176 to arrange. See flyer for complete details. If you would like to help support this community event by making a grocery store gift card donation, please email Bruce McShane.

Robert Wright Disposal now offers an online payment portal for customers. Visit their site and click on "Pay My Bill," or call 518.439.3376 for more information.

If you're a small business owner or manager who deals with your own website, social media, and marketing, check out the latest book from GroupieheadGroupiehead's Small Business Guide to Self Marketing  is packed full of tips, advice, and other information to help you utilize technology to grow your business without making expensive mistakes. It will help you make smart decisions and take profitable advantage of all the Internet, websites,and social media networks have to offer. Written by Mark Rose, founder and owner of Groupiehead - click here to purchase the book.

Get $5 at Starbucks for sending a referral name to  GTM Payroll Services, and  a $50 Visacard if they become a client! Click here for details.

Order flowers online with SAME DAY DELIVERY with The Floral Garden. Family owned and operated, they are located right off Four Corners in Delmar. Say Happy Holidays with a beautiful flower arrangement!

Check out Angela's Pizza & Pasta all-inclusive catering menu - it's perfect for your Holiday party!!! Bread & rolls, butter, olive spread, chafing dishes, sternos, plates, forks, knives and MORE are included - click for packages and the order form Or order from their Grappolo catering menu when you don't want to cook - delivery & pick-up for lunch and dinner. View the menu and order form here

Save for Christmas 2018 with the National Bank of Coxsackie Christmas Club! The program is designed to help you save for holiday shopping throughout the year. View the postcard for details.

Let Mercato's Pizzeria & Restaurant host your Holiday Party! With a banquet room that can hold up to 50 people and plenty of parking, it's a convenient location to enjoy your favorite Italian dishes. Click for the flyer, and call 518.475.7777 to reserve.

Get ready for the Holidays with  Wildbird Junction Backyard Nature ShoppeNow open weeknights until 8pm, they have gifts for all ages - there's  no store like them in the Capital District!

Looking for the right tools and accessories for the hard to buy for do-it-yourselfer on your list? Curtis Lumber has a large selection of professional grade DEWALT power tools and accessories that every weekend warrior wants at incredible every day low prices!  Until Christmas Eve, enjoy 20% OFF all DEWALT Tool Accessories with purchase of a DEWALT Power Tool!

Mice are looking for warmth, comfort, and food this time of year. You don't want those TICK covered pests around your house! Call  518 Pest and Fert for help!  Pest control and lawn fertilization, 518.935.7162.

For a full list of the ongoing member deals & offers, visit  Member News .

MICROENTERPRISE GRANT
Applications Now Available Online

If you missed the information session, start-up or existing businesses interested in learning more about the Microenterprise Grant Program and the application process may view the Microenterprise Grant Presentation. 

As of September 2017, funds remain for new and emerging enterprises. Funds for existing businesses have been distributed.
For additional information, contact Elizabeth Staubach , Town of Bethlehem Department of Economic Development and Planning, 518.439.4955 ext. 1189.

    NEW MEMBERS   

363 Delaware Ave
Delmar, NY 12054
518.439.9911

Delmar, NY 12054
518.424.9349

50 Beaver Street, 1st Floor
Albany, NY 12207
518.641.0618

Dhaval Patel
365 Feura Bush Road
Glenmont, NY 12077
518.977.3050

125 Wolf Road, Suite 501
Albany, NY 12205
518.506.0193

321 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054
518.935.4800

329 Glenmont Road
Glenmont, NY 12077
518.264.9000

1345 New Scotland Road
Slingerlands, NY  12159
518.701.9836

20 Hallwood Road, Suite 2
Delmar, NY 12054
855.697.6323

 AROUND THE REGION.....

Albany County government and business leaders formed an unprecedented partnership Monday to launch "Shop Albany County," a campaign promoting the benefits of shopping local and encouraging people to support the great mix of shops and businesses we have throughout the County. Shopping Albany County this holiday season and beyond will strengthen our brick-and-mortar businesses amid growing competition from internet purchasing and generate sales tax revenue that pays for vital government services, Legislature Chairman Sean E. Ward said.  Next year, Albany County wants to grow the program with incentives and events," the Majority Leader said. "We are calling on residents to partner with us in shopping local." Visit the site for more details.
 
If your store, business or organization would like to join this effort, or simply request a window decal or Shop Albany County stickers, please contact us at 518.447.5527.



In an effort to recognize those people, organizations and events who make a measurable impact on 
travel business in Albany County and the greater Capital Region , the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau annually bestows the Hospitality Excellence Award. 
 
The Hospitality Excellence Award, is awarded annually to a person; and/or an organization who makes an impact on hospitality in our region. This can include one event, program or a history of impact. The nominee does not have to a partner of the ACCVB. 

To nominate for the Hospitality Excellence Award, simply visit the website and complete the online form. Nominations are due by Friday, December 22. All nominations will be reviewed by the award selection committee, comprised of Bureau board members. Selection will be announced at the Bureau Annual Awards Celebration. The award winner and nominator will be notified prior to the event.

WEBSITE of the WEEK
 
Have family in town for the Holidays, but don't have enough room in your house?  Check out the rates at the Days Inn & Suites in Glenmont!  It's conveniently located  just off of the New York State Thruway, is minutes from Downtown Albany, and is only 15 minutes from Albany International Airport.




Don't FORGET you can now join or renew your dues online.

 

 COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS  

The Saturday Delmar Farmers Market  has moved indoors!  Saturdays,  9am-1pm at the Bethlehem Middle School on Kenwood Avenue.  Visit the website for details. 

View the current  menus  for  Extra Napkin  and  Mercato's Pizzeria & Restaurant ! Both restaurant are located across the street from Delaware Plaza - Extra Napkin serves up burgers, salads, wraps, juice and more, and Mercato's has been providing Delmar with pizza and Italian favorites since 1997.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays between 10 AM and 2 PM, the Town of Bethlehem accepts donations for Habitat ReStore of the Capital District of slightly used furnishings, cabinets, and other building materials at the Town of Bethlehem Transfer Station, 136 Rupert Rd, Selkirk, NY. See the Flyer for details.    
    
Add an event to our Community Calendar here and click Submit an Event, it's free! 
 

BETHLEHEM BUSINESS MAP

View the online version of the Bethlehem Business map here.

BCSD +  Chamber

Internships & Part-Time Positions

Interested in hosting a High School student for an Internship or paid part-time work shifts?  Register your business by completing the form.  Click here , or use the below link.


For additional details, contact Jeff Bregenzer via email or at  518.439.4921.

OFFICE SPACE

Looking for work space? 
Visit our
Marketspace page frequently to see
available office space.

 

   

HELP WANTED

 

Looking for work? 
Visit our
Job Postings page frequently to see current openings.

 

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of Farm Family, Glenmont 
                                             
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Visit our
Member to Member Deals and Hot Deals
to save on valuable services from local Chamber members.

Businesses interested in offering Hot Deals to the Community,
  contact us for more information.